February Newsletter — Feb 6, 2013

The most intimate aspect of life is also right out in the open for all of us to see: Life’s continual shower of blessings. These may be as personal as the kiss of someone you love or as universal as gravity, but each comes to us as a gift meant entirely for us.

In his new book 99 Blessings, Br. David Steindl-Rast opens his hands to receive one of these gifts after another. He chooses ones which delight his heart and senses, yet they appeal to readers of all persuasions. He leaves the 100th blessing up to us:

Source of all blessings, you bless us with the blessing of …

How would you finish that phrase? Please share your ideas in our 99 Blessings contest:


We can’t wait to hear what you want to share!

Over the course of the next six weeks, we will send you a blessing every Wednesday (“God willing and the creek don’t rise”), along with a reminder of one of the biggest blessings in our lives: The Guardians for Gratefulness. This special group of some 70 people make A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) possible by giving us their counsel, financial support, and inspiration.

Along with each weekly blessing, we will send you a short video of a Guardian telling us why they choose to support our work. We want to kick off this venture in a grand way. So today we offer you *three* videos in which David and Marietta Leis Vogel, as a couple and individually, share how being a Guardian has enriched their lives:


We are happy and honored to introduce the Vogels to you and look forward to sharing more video links with you right up until the Equinox, March 20th.

An Irish Proverb says, “When I count my blessings, I count you twice.” We heartily say that for each and every one of you reading this message, and we thank you for all the ways you already give to us, through your prayers, your messages, your commitment to living in gratefulness, and so much more. May you each be happy, healthy, and at peace. May we all, with our sisters and brothers throughout all species – soaring, slithering, swimming, strolling, or stretching roots in the earth – rise up (in the words of poet W.H. Auden) to “bless what there is for being.”

With our deep thanks,
Patricia and Margaret
for our Gratefulness Team

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